So then, Big Phil has scrapped the National Spatial Strategy. It'll be replaced by a new policy in about a year’s time. What are councils going to do in the meantime?
The National Spatial Strategy was not put on a statutory basis when FF first introduced it and up until 2010 planning authorities only had to give ‘due regard’ to it, rather than complying with it. Then pesky Minister Gormleys introduction of regional planning guidelines and the Planning and Development Act (2010) and the introduction of core strategies (in which planning decisions have to demonstrate they fit local, county, regional and national policy objectives) gave the NSS some teeth.
Now it appears that Big Phil believes perhaps that the NSS hasn't worked, and well, it must go in the bin now and when the time is right, he will, at some time in the furture, replace the NSS with ... what exactly.
Now, how will all our FG, FF and Labour councillors cope? Planning deregulation will warm the hearts of many Councillors perhaps?
Government scraps spatial strategy - The Irish Times - Tue, Feb 12, 2013
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